2019 Volume 12 Issue 4 Pages 380-387
Rotordynamic fluid forces and a mechanism of their occurrence were examined in experiments and computations for a closed type centrifugal impeller in whirling motion. The rotordynamic fluid force on a front shroud was a main component of the rotordynamic fluid force. In a clearance between the front shroud and a casing, velocity disturbances were caused by an eccentricity of the impeller and a squeeze effect due to the whirling motion of the impeller. Appling the Bernoulli equation to disturbed swirling flow in the clearance in a relative coordinate fixed on the whirling motion, the pressure disturbance which generated the rotordynamic fluid force could be reasonably explained.
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